EARLY RISING FRANCE (22', France, 2011)

 

"Winner of the Audience Award at Clermont-Ferrand 2012 and also nominated in 2012 for the César Awards, EARLY RISING FRANCE is an exuberant musical comedy emanating social militancy. Adopting the aesthetics of a musical, the film examines the issue of immigrants’ rights being disregarded and is based on a real fact: “Souleymane, an employee without papers, was arrested in the summer of 2006 at his workplace and deported to Mali. This man had a job, a wife, a child and had been living in France for many years. The airplane supposed to bring him back to Mali never took off because the passengers protested against it”, the director declared. Certainly a propeller for heated debates, the short raises questions concerning social guilt and solidarity." (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2012)

Director: HUGO CHESNARD

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Cast: RICKY TRIBORD, PAULINE ETIENNE, PATRICK CATALIFO

Screenplay: HUGO CHESNARD

Cinematography: DENIS GRAVOUIL

Editing: ERIKA HAGLUND

Music: DAMIEN TRONCHOT, ANTOINE LARCHER, SERGE BALU

Sound: BENJAMIN LELOCH

Producer: PIERRE-FRANÇOIS BERNET, PAULINE SEIGLAND

Production: BUTTERFLY PRODUCTIONS



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Somewhere between WEST SIDE STORY and Brecht plays is the place where French director HUGO CHESNARD aims to place his stories, as he himself recognize in an interview for Formatcourt. He did so with his Cesar nominated EARLY RISING FRANCE, and now two feature films and one more short are in developing. Chesnard began his journey at Sorbona, than moved on on the big film sets of Hollywood, working with directors such as Steven Spielberg (Munich), Clint Eastwood (Hereafter) and Martin Scorsese (Hugo). In 2002, he makes his first film, LE BAL DES FAMILLES (THE BALL OF FAMILIES, a documentary about seduction on a dance floor. Six years later, Hugo Chesnard directs his first short fiction film, UN GRAIN DE BEAUTÉ (A BEAUTY SPOT), written in collaboration with Les Ateliers d’Écriture of Gindou.

 

Audience Award - Clermont-Ferrand 2012 / Nominated for Cesar Awards 2012 / Special Prize - Rome 2012 / Second Prize - Interfilm Berlin 2011 / Brussels 2012 / Go Short Nijmegen 2012 / Ours d'or - Festival of Nations 2012 / Sacramento 2012 / Aix-en-Provence 2011 / Istanbul 2011 / L'Alternativa Barcelona 2011

 

"The idea of EARLY RISING FRANCE came after I read an article in a newspaper. During the summer 2006, Souleymane, an employee without papers, was arrested on his workplace and is deported to Mali. The first airplane supposed to bring him back to Mali never took off because the passengers protested. The authorities eventually deported him with other airplane. This man had a job, a wife, and a child and lived in France for many years. With this film I wanted to tell the story of a deported man, to show the way he is treated, how justice and his rights are not respected. I did a lot of research and I wrote a first draft, a realistic version. I realized very soon that I was going to confront a lack of nuance, facing a real difficulty to avoid caricature and pathos. I had to find a solution and the idea of a musical film came. In my first draft, there were only cries, pain, violence... it was too hard. Art needs nuances. By making it a musical film it allowed me to get out of a certain reality and to reinforce the story thanks to the powerful lyrics written by Antoine Larcher, Serge Balu and Damien Tronchot. This can be seen in particular at the end of the film: ‘They still come here, despite the walls, the seas, despite the bitter talking and extreme measures.’" (HUGO CHESNARD)

 

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